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The Movies That Will Make Him Cry

Updated on July 20, 2015

Movies can be inspirational. They can be sad. They can illicit all kinds of emotions from the human soul. There are certain movies that are so well made that they tug on the heart-strings that men try to keep so well hidden a majority of the time. Here are those movies.

The Hobbits

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

A trilogy? Really, you might ask. But indeed, this is one of those movies that appeals to the emotional side of men. That is, if you can stand to sit through to the end of it after more than two and half hours.

Picture the scene - Frodo and his compatriots have fought in two major battles, trekked across a majority of Middle Earth, and defeated the evil lord Sauron. It's the wedding of the newly crowned King and he's just come to realize that the woman he loves is going to be his. Everyone in the land is there and they're all dressed in their formal wear. Frodo and the boys bow to the King out of respect.

'You bow to no one,' he says. And with that, humans, elves, and dwarves all kneel down to pay homage. Well they did just save their butts, numerous times, but that was kind of unexpected. And tear-jerking, if you're a guy.

You Bow to No One



What is it about Sean Astin movies that make men cry? He must have some magical effect on the tear ducts of guys. For our second choice of movies that are sure to make him cry, 1993's Rudy comes to mind.

In it, Astin plays the title character, Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, an undersized football player trying to be a part of the Notre Dame football team. By all physical standards, Rudy has no business being on the team. Promised to be able to dress and get in the game just once to officially be listed as a member of the team, he works towards that dream for his four years on campus. His work ethic and heart win over all of his teammates and eventually leads to him realizing his dream.

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy, Rudy...


Dead Poet's Society

In 1989's Dead Poet's Society, Robin Williams encourages the students he teaches to follow their dreams and live rich and full lives instead of following the rules that society has for them. He gives the students confidence and makes them think for themselves instead just following the norms handed down to them by family and their private school professors.

In following those dreams though, tragedy ensues and Williams' character, Professor Keating, is dismissed from his position. But not before some of the students honor him by taking a stand against the unfair decision that leads to his ouster.

'Oh Captain, my Captain.'

Hickory Basketball



One of the most epic underdog stories out there is 1986's Hoosiers, starring Gene Hackman. Small town players against big city rivals. Team over individuals. Hard work and fundamentals over flash.

This one has it all, but it's the end where they win the final game that's the real emotional moment. 'I'll make it,' Jimmy says. And when he does, you're crying out of happiness.

Mystery, Alaska

Another great hockey movie. Russell Crowe, Michael Myers, Colm Meaney, and Lolita Davidovich star in this 1993 sports movie about a small town in Alaska that prides themselves on their weekly hockey game. It's a town tradition and many think their team could rival a professional team.

So they go out and challenge the New York Rangers. The movie follows the ups and downs of making the game happen and the players from the Mystery team as they try to prepare to play against one of the best teams in the world.

The end of the game is where the crying takes place. The respect that the Mystery boys earn from the members of their town, and the Rangers is enough to get the water flowing.

The Mystery Eskimos


The Andes Survivors



For those that haven't seen this movie, it's a pretty powerful one. Alive (1993) is the story of a South American rugby team that survives a plane crash in the Andes Mountains. It stars Ethan Hawke as one of the survivors who manages to hike his way out and get help.

It definitely spurned the catchphrase, 'If I die, you can eat me,' for a while in the 90's. That is basically the epitome of male friendship if you'll let your friends eat you for survival.

The tear-jerking moment is at the end when Hawke's Nando flies back with the rescue party and proves to everyone that they could hike their way out. The group had been through so much that you get a little emotional.

The Outsiders Cast


The Outsiders

Going back even further, 1983's The Outsiders is another classic teenage angst movie that does not have a happy ending. It's the story of the conflict between the Greasers and the Socs (as in short for socials). The Greasers were loaded with guys who owned the late 80's and early nineties, including Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, and Ralph Macchio.

The sadness comes from the losses of a few of the Greasers after an altercation with the Socs forces them on the run and to hide out. Their hide out catches afire and one of the Greasers dies trying to be a hero. You'll have to watch it to find out which one, but it's pretty depressing and might draw a right eye tear, which counts for the sake of this article.

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There are a few other good ones, but in true guy fashion, all the animated ones were ruled out because this is an article about guys, not boys. The same applies to dogs and extra-terrestrials. On the honorable mention list was Good Will Hunting and Shawshank Redemption, but those are both happy endings, so they didn't quite make the list. Be sure to add in any that weren't on the list in the comments section and thanks for reading!


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      A great list of tear jerkers.